Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1989
    Diploma work at University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

  • 1990
    M.Sc. Th Physics, University of Groningen, Netherlands

  • 1990 – 1992
    PhD-student at "Service de Physique Théorique", CEA Saclay, France

  • 1991
    Summer stay at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1992 – 1994
    Research Associate at Departments of Physics and Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, USA

  • 1994
    Ph.D. Physics, University of Orsay ("Paris-Sud"), Orsay, France

  • 1994 – 1996
    Postdoctoral position at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill NJ,USA

  • 1997 – 2000
    Project leader, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Group: Bio-assembly and organization

  • Since 2000
    Group leader, FOM Institute for AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Group: Bio-assembly and organization

  • Since 2000
    Affiliation (“Bijzonder hoogleraar”) University of Leiden, Physics Department (since 2010: regular “hoogleraar”)

  • Since 2003
    Head of Department: Systems Biophysics, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2006 – 2007
    Sabbatical leave, Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Cell Biology (c/o Dr. A. Akhmanova), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Selected publications

  • L. Laan, N. Pavin, J. Husson, G. Romet-Lemonne, M. van Duijn, M. Preciado-Lopez, R. D. Vale, F. Jülicher, S. L. Reck-Peterson, and M. Dogterom: Cortical dynein controls microtubule dynamics to generate pulling forces that position microtubule asters, Cell (in press)

  • C. Tischer, D. Brunner, and M. Dogterom: Force- and kinesin-8-dependent effects in the spatial regulation of fission yeast microtubule dynamics, Mol. Sys. Biol. 5, 250 (2009)

  • Y. Komarova, C.O. De Groot, I. Grigoriev, S.M. Gouveia, E.L. Munteanu, J.M. Schober, S. Honnappa, R.M. Buey, C.C. Hoogenraad, M. Dogterom, G.G. Borisy, M.O. Steinmetz, and A. Akhmanova: Mammalian end binding proteins control persistent microtubule growth , J Cell Biol. 184, 691-706 (2009)

  • L. Laan, J. Husson, E.L. Munteanu, J.W.J. Kerssemakers, and M. Dogterom: The cooperative behavior of a force-generating microtubule bundle, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 8920-8925 (2008)

  • M. Footer, J.W.J. Kerssemakers, J. Theriot, and M. Dogterom: Direct measurement of force generation by actin filament polymerization using an optical trap, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 2181-2186 (2007)

  • P. Bieling, L. Laan, H. Schek, L. Munteanu, L. Sandblad, D. Brunner, M. Dogterom, and T. Surrey: Reconstitution of a microtubule plus-end tracking system in vitro, Nature 450, 1100-1105 (2007)

  • J.W.J. Kerssemakers, E.L. Munteanu, L. Laan, T.L. Noetzel, M.E. Janson, and M. Dogterom: Assembly dynamics of microtubules at molecular resolution, Nature 442, 709-712 (2006)

  • M. Dogterom, J.W.J. Kerssemakers, G. Romet-Lemonne, and M.E. Janson: Force generation by dynamic microtubules, Curr. Opin. Cell Biol. 17, 67-74 (2005)

  • G. Koster, M. van Duijn, and M. Dogterom: Membrane tubes formed by dynamic association of motor proteins, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100, 15583-15588 (2003)

  • M.E. Janson, M.E. de Dood, and M. Dogterom: Dynamic instability of microtubules is regulated by force, J. Cell Biol. 161, 1029-1034 (2003)


Selected projects

Funding ID

  • Nanomolecular Machines in Cellular Force Transduction [programme director, total 6.8 M€], National programme NanoNextNL, 2010 – 2016

  • Mechanosensing and Mechanotransduction by Cells [co-PI], Foundation for Research on Matter (FOM), 2009 – 2014

  • Spatial design of biochemical regulation networks [programme director, total 3.1 M€], Foundation for Research on Matter (FOM), 2008 – 2013

  • Cytoskeleton-based spatial control of protein networks [VICI grant], Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2007 – 2013

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member American Society for Cell Biology (Member Program Committee 2007 Annual Meeting)

  • Member Biophysical Society (Member Nominating Committee 2008-2009).

National/international committee and board memberships

  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW): Member of the Committee for Biochemistry and Biophysics (2004-2007), the Council of Physics and Astronomy (2005-2007), the Council for Technical Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics, Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry (2008-present), and the Jury of the international Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics (2008-present)

  • Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research of Matter (FOM): Member of the Subfield Advisory Committee “Processes in Living Systems” (2008-present), of the Subfield Advisory Committee “Condensed Matter” (2001) and referee for various FOM grants.

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): panel member and chair for various (prestigious) grants such as VENI-VIDI-VICI.

  • Other: Member of the preparatory EPS advisory board on “Physics in Life Sciences” (2001), frequent advisor to doctoral training programmes (e.g. Gottingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences, 2009-present) and conferences/workshops (e.g. European School on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies ESONN, 2004-present), member of the Program Board for Physics (2002-2008) and Life Sciences (2006-2010) of the Lorenz Center, Leiden University.

Editorial activities

  • Member of Liquids, Soft Matter and Biological Physics Editorial Board, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2002-2003.

  • Member Editorial Board, Biophysical Journal, 2005-2010.

  • Member Editorial Board, Cell, 2009-present.

Activities as peer reviewer

  • Reviewer for journals such as Science, Nature, PNAS, PRL, Cell, Biophysical Journal, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Methods, Current Biology, Phys Rev E,.

  • Reviewer for NSF (USA), HFSP, Agence National de la Recherche (France).

  • Member International Evaluation Committees: Institut Curie Physico-Chimie, Paris, 2006, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, 2009, the International Max Planck Research School in Chemical Biology, Dortmund, 2012.

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